By Charles Todd
It's New Year's Eve, 1919. Scotland backyard Inspector Ian Rutledge has followed his sister to the house of mutual pals for dinner yet will get a choice from the workplace and has to depart. at the steps open air, he sees a brass cartridge casing, like numerous others he's noticeable through the conflict. yet this one has an engraving within the steel. Curious, he wallet it.
quickly after, Rutledge is at the southern coast of britain assisting the neighborhood police trap a assassin. paintings performed, on a whim he drives alongside the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and takes a stroll out at the headland. Returning to his motor vehicle, he reveals one other engraved cartridge casing at the driver's seat. He's been followed.
The cartridge casing turns out to indicate to the battle and unfinished company there. to stick alive within the face of an unknown and unseen adversary, Rutledge is pressed to the boundaries of his talents. He's the prey. yet who's the hunter?
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Jupiter's glass was almost empty. He'd asked for water so he'd have an excuse to sit around talking, and he now decided he'd learned enough. Finishing the water in a gulp, he set the glass down on the small table beside his chair. "Thanks very much," he said. " "Okay," she said. " "No thanks. I'm going to tell Mr. Crenshaw I met you. " she said. "The one who does special effects? " Jupe asked. " "Okay," said Jupe. " He went out through the gate and headed back to the nursery school, pleased with the results of his dumb-kid act.
Jupe smiled and let the boards in the fence drop closed. And then he heard a small sound in that corner of the workshop. It was no more than a rustle of clothing and a drawn breath. Jupe turned his head. The blind beggar was there! His scarred face was turned towards Jupe, his head lifted slightly. There was no stubble on his cheeks now, and he wasn't carrying a cane. Jupe saw with a shiver that the scar pulled one corner of his mouth into a sinister sneer. For a heartbeat Jupe did not move. The beggar was still.
Bonestell looked at Jupe in a defiant way. " he demanded. "A pretty girl comes along and I talk to her. " "I didn't think you were, Mr. Bonestell, but we have to check everything out. " "I've talked to her quite a lot," said Mr. Bonestell. His tone was still Page 37 31_-_The_Mystery_Of_The_Scar-Faced_Beggar defiant. "She walks her dog around the block all the time. I think she does some kind of work for the movies. " Jupe asked. "I'm not sure. I may have mentioned it. But she's never made a point of finding out anything, if that's what you're getting at.